Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Peggy Mohr


Horses; Hippotherapy


For centuries, horses have been used to help rehabilitate people with neuromuscular disorders. However, not until recently has it been recognized as a treatment modality utilized in the practice of physical therapy. Hippotherapy is implemented by a licensed therapist who uses the multifaceted movement of the horse as a treatment modality to address a broad range of special needs in individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, there is limited information provided on this subject.

In a review of the literature, I will discuss the history, the different theories, the treatment techniques, and the research that has been done on hippotherapy. The purpose of this independent study is to educate and inform the medical profession, third party payers, patients, and the public about the advantages hippotherapy provides to individuals with disabilities. This independent study will consist of a review of the literature and an educational package consisting of an informational handout, a video, and a power point presentation with slides. Upon completion of this independent study, I intend to demonstrate that hippotherapy will be an effective and alternative form of treatment for neuromuscular diseases.